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Ex-Wheatfield supervisor foiled in write-in opportunity

LOCKPORT -- Former Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy E. Demler's apparent attempt to take the Democratic party line this fall by means of a write-in primary was squelched Friday by the Niagara County Board of Elections.

The election commissioners threw out petitions seeking a write-in opportunity on the Democratic ticket for supervisor and councilman. Democratic commissioner Nancy L. Smith said too many of the signers either weren't Democrats or had previously signed petitions for the Democratic nominees, Donald J. Wallace for supervisor and Robert J. Pino for councilman.

Demler was the contact person listed on the Democratic write-in petitions. He is seeking to make a comeback this fall, two years after being voted out of office, by challenging incumbent Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe in a Republican primary.

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International span shows colors for 84th birthday

The Peace Bridge will be illuminated in rotating color schemes on Sunday in commemoration of the international crossing's 84th anniversary.

The lighting will include red and white displays, as well as red, white and blue color schemes to honor both Canada and the United States.

The light show will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m.

"For roughly 84 years the Peace Bridge has stood as a symbol of harmony and friendship between the world's two greatest democracies," said Anthony Annunziata, the Peace Bridge Authority's chairman. "The authority remains committed to preserving and maintaining a safe and reliable border crossing for many years to come."

The Peace Bridge was officially dedicated on Aug. 7, 1927.

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'Toy Story 3,' concert scheduled for this evening

LOCKPORT -- The town will host another free outdoor movie night tonight, showing "Toy Story 3" at dusk outside Town Hall, Dysinger and Old Beattie roads.

The evening's entertainment will begin at about 7 p.m. with a concert by the Lockport Federation of Musicians.

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Buffalo Creek Native Festival today, Sunday at Canalside

The Buffalo Creek Native Festival will be held today and Sunday in the city's Canalside district.

The free event features historically authentic, hands-on experiences meant to immerse visitors in the culture of the Seneca and other Haudenosaunee people, who lived on the Buffalo Creek Reservation at the waterfront site prior to the 1840s.

The festival offers food, visual and performing arts, games, activities and demonstrations of traditional customs, many of which are still practiced today by local Native people. At noon today, Seneca performers will re-enact historic events that took place on the reservation, beginning with a journey down the Buffalo River to Canalside.

Visit www.senecanation.com for details.